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Teacher accused of indecent assault remains behind bars

A 74-year-old teacher from Tiavea Primary School accused of touching pupils inappropriately remains behind bars pending a decision on his case from the Supreme Court. 

The Supreme Court was scheduled to hand down its decision on Sola Alaimanu of Tiavea's case on Friday afternoon relating to three charges of indecent assault on a child and one count of indecent assault on a young person.

The 74-year-old has pleaded not guilty. 

However, Justice Fepulea’I Ameperosa Roma apologised to the defendant for not being able to hand down the decision because he was in the middle of an assessor trial. 

Justice Fepulea’i has been presiding over a murder trial since Monday this week. 

He then adjourned the matter for a decision to be handed down on Wednesday next week. 

Sola was represented by lawyer Tusa Tasi Patea. 

During his evidence in the trial, Sola denied touching the young girls inappropriately. 

The teacher testified that his way of disciplining the students when they made a mistake was pinching them on the chest and twisting their ears. 

He denied pinching students on their breasts. 

About seven young girls, including teachers from the Primary School, gave evidence in the trial last week. 

 



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